Forget making New Year’s resolutions. With the New Year upon us, it is very easy to say things like, “This year, I will lose 20 kg” or “This year, I will quit smoking” or “This year, I am going to exercise more.” Instead of making promises to yourself that you can’t keep, why not start or continue the good habits that will lead you to accomplishing your goals. Being vague and telling yourself that you want to lose weight, will not help you in anything.
So, here are few things you can do to prepare yourself for your journey towards good health:
Get rid of any processed foods, junk food, sugar, etc. in your house.
You won’t be needing these things anymore. ‘Out of sight, out of mind’ is a very effective tool for avoiding foods that only cause you harm.
Replace what you got rid of with real, whole foods.
Stock your kitchen with plenty of fruits and vegetables, grains like quinoa, buckwheat, and oats, grass-fed organic poultry and meat, grass-fed, organic dairy products (especially fermented dairy like kefir), nuts and seeds like Brazil nuts, almonds, walnuts, cashews, pumpkin seeds, flaxseed, and chia seeds, and healthy fats like coconut oil, olive oil, and avocado.
Make time to prepare foods from scratch.
I realize that in the fast-paced world we live today, we may not have time. However, it’s important to make time for your health. You could take some time on a weekend to chop plenty of salads, cook entrees that you can freeze and re-heat, and prepare healthy snacks and baked goods like granola bars and muffins that you can grab and eat on the go.
Make time to exercise.
You don’t have to spend hours in the gym. Research now shows that only 20 minutes a day of interval training is enough to burn fat and make the metabolism more efficient. So, put on your favorite music and get moving!
Drink clean water.
Find a way to filter your water in order to get rid of things like chlorine and fluoride that can disrupt normal hormonal functioning. Have a glass of water with lemon, raw honey, cinnamon, and ginger first thing in the morning on an empty stomach in order to cleanse your body.
Get involved in the process.
Visit our blog and use the Superbody app to fill in your food diary, get new healthy recipes, keep track of your water intake, get up-to-date advice on nutrition and fitness, and to become part of a community that have the same goals and ambitions as you do. By getting involved in what you are doing, you become accountable to yourself to keep going and to get healthy.
Don’t wait for January 1st to lose weight. Get started NOW with the above guidelines. This way, when 2016 DOES come, you will be ready to tackle things and get the scale to move in the right direction.